ma·​ven | \ ˈmā-vən How to pronounce maven (audio) \
variants: or less commonly mavin

Definition of maven

: one who is experienced or knowledgeable : expert a language maven policy mavens computer mavens also : freak sense 4a

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Examples of maven in a Sentence

an investment maven, he was doing well even when the market was doing poorly a science-fiction maven who could talk for hours about fictional technology

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The fitness maven, who counts Naomi Campbell and Natasha Lyonne as clients, is invested in wellness over weight loss. Cady Lang, Time, "The 25 Accounts to Follow For the Best Instagram Stories Right Now," 4 June 2019 Former Fixer Upper star and Magnolia maven Joanna Gaines is no exception to this. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "Joanna Gaines Used to Dread Flipping Houses for a Surprisingly Relatable Reason," 29 May 2019 The maven of entertaining famously drew prison time, in 2004, for trading on inside information. Town & Country, "Mary Boone Is Taking a Break," 18 Apr. 2019 Since the Duchess of Sussex is clearly a style maven, her future child, no doubt, will inherit her keen eye for fashion. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "6 Brands Meghan Markle Wears That Also Make Adorable Baby Clothes," 21 Feb. 2019 Getty ImagesWPA Pool Chrissy Teigen, Twitter maven, actually has a very famous fan: Princess Beatrice. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Ummm, Princess Beatrice Literally Just Tweeted Chrissy Teigen," 22 Feb. 2019 Fans of Kylie know the cosmetics maven has a thing for cars. Dave Quinn,, "Kylie and Kendall Jenner Twin in Black Robes on Their 'Day Off'," 14 Mar. 2018 Best Room Wins—hosted by design maven Genevieve Gorder and judged by ELLE Decor Editor-in-Chief Whitney Robinson—will premiere on Thursday, May 2nd, at 9:30 p.m. EST. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "A First Look at Best Room Wins, Bravo’s New Interior Design Competition Series," 14 Mar. 2019 Gathering on the 17th floor of the Public Hotel, the 40 attendees were a trailblazing group of fashion mavens, artists, and writers. Mai Morsch, Vogue, "Women Ruled at this Kering and Colby Mugrabi–Hosted Dinner," 12 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of maven

1950, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for maven

Yiddish meyvn, from Late Hebrew mēbhīn

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English Language Learners Definition of maven

US : a person who knows a lot about a particular subject

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